Nuruddin Farah: Sweet and Sour Milk (1582 words)


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Sweet and Sour Milk was Somali writer Nuruddin Farah’s third Anglophone published novel, and the first novel of the Variations on the Theme of an African Dictatorship trilogy. Sardines (1981) and Close Sesame (1983) are the two novels that complete this trilogy. Sweet and Sour Milk is also the first African novel that takes as its central theme the question of postcolonial dictatorship, a genre that is very well known in the Latin-American context, and that has become well-established in African literature also through writers such as Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Ahmadou Kourouma, Maaza Mengiste and Hisham Matar, to name just a few. The trilogy of which Sweet and …

Citation: Moolla, F. Fiona. "Sweet and Sour Milk". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 03 March 2020 [, accessed 05 December 2020.]

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